Two sheep have been found slaughtered in a Louth field, seeing Lincolnshire Police launch an investigation of potential illegal butchery.
The sheep were found in a field at Highfield Farm, Cadwell, Louth, at around 7.30am on March 4. Their carcasses were taken but their heads and feet were left behind in the field.
Sgt James Perring, a Rural, Wildlife and Heritage Crime Officer, said: “This type of crime causes a major impact on the victim, but can also have an impact on the wider community.
“We will not tolerate this sort of criminal behaviour and we are determined to root out those responsible.
“Illegal butchery is a serious offence. Not only are there risks in consuming meat when it isn’t from a reputable source but illegal butchery can also cause unnecessary suffering to the animal.
“We would like to hear from any residents who may have witnessed any suspicious activity in this area or anyone who may have been offered meat for sale.”